NYK leased car carrier highjacked by Yemeni Houthi militia

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M/V Galaxy Leader, a car carrier leased by Japan’s NYK Lines, has been hijacked by Iran-affiliated Houthi militia and taken to a Yemeni port. The ship, flagged in the Bahamas, was described as “an Israeli ship” by the Houthi militants. The seizure was reportedly in response to what the militants called “heinous acts against our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and the West Bank.” There were 25 crew members onboard, of various nationalities, but no Israelis. Iran has denied involvement in the hijacking, with its Foreign Ministry stating that “resistance groups in the region act independently and spontaneously based on their interests.”

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